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Julie Sykes
Julie Sykes

All About Julie Sykes

As a child, Julie Sykes was always ‘telling tales’. Not the ‘she put soap on my toothbrush’ sort, but tales where she wildly exaggerated everyday happenings. She loved watching peoples reactions to her stories and she also loved reading (she still does). It was only a matter of time before Julie combined her two passions and started writing her own tales. Julie lives near Basingstoke.

I Don’t Want To Go To Bed won the Nottinghamshire Children’s Book Award in 1997 and the Dutch Librarians’ Association Award in 1997. It was also runner up for the Benjamin Franklin Award in 1997.
I Don’t Want To Have A Bath won the Nottinghamshire Children’s Book Award in 1998.
Stop Yawning It’s Morning was shortlisted for the Sheffield Baby Book Award 2010.

Julie’s School Visits

Julie Sykes can give readings, interactive talks or run writing workshops. Her sessions vary and depend on the age and number of students attending. She’s flexible and happy to tailor the day to meet your requirements. Julie prefers to be based in one place and let the students come to her. She is happy to work in a spare classroom, library, hall etc. She’s a master at vacating a school hall quickly, to allow the dinner staff time to set up for lunch.

Author Talk
• Suitable for all ages from 6 -106
• Content – Julie’s journey to becoming a writer, her writing day including where ideas come from, the writing process and the role of the publisher. Julie uses a PowerPoint presentation and ends with a question and answer session. Length 40 – 60 minutes depending on age/timetable.
• Materials needed – Computer and screen for PowerPoint presentation.
A small table and two chairs (primary school only).

Writing Workshops
Writing workshops are tailored to the age, ability and size of the group. A typical session could be spent writing a story together, creating characters, writing dialogue or planning a story that will keep the reader hooked from beginning to end. For a more personal approach, Julie prefers to work with groups no bigger than 30 but she can take whole year groups to enable all pupils to participate.

Pre-school and Early Years (length 15 – 25mins)
• Sharing stories
• Sharing a story followed by a craft type session based on a character from the book i.e. making a tiger mask or pop-up chick card

Do you dream of becoming a published author? Would you love to write a book but don’t know how to get started? Julie Sykes runs sessions that will set you off in the right direction, with tips on how to increase your chance of seeing your work published.

Julie’s Books


How do you live by the rules if you don’t know what they are?
Amber’s lost her memory. She doesn’t even know her real name. The only clues to her identity are a beautiful amber necklace and a broken mobile phone. She’s determined to learn the truth about her past life, and the secrets she’s hiding, but how many rules will she break along the way?

Silver dolphins

Silver Dolphins
Writing as Summer Waters

An exciting series about dolphins, friendship and caring for the environment.
When Antonia Lee wins a silver dolphin necklace in a competition she discovers that she’s also been chosen for a very important role. When the dolphins call a special magic allows her to swim with them, to care for the sea and the creatures living there.

Beware of the werepup

Beware the Werepup and Other Stories
Four pet-tastic stories in one book!

When animal lover Max sets up his pet-sitting business, he finds himself looking after some VERY unusual pets . . . Max has to contend with a werepup with a problem, a parrot whose practical jokes land them both in serious trouble, a time-travelling dormouse, and a talking witch’s cat with an attitude. Max’s pet-sitting abilities are severely tested in these laugh-out-loud adventures.

princess ponies

Princess Ponies
Writing as Chloe Ryder

Chevalia is a magical island inhabited by talking horses. The island’s magic relies on eight golden horseshoes that hang in the royal castle. When the horseshoes are stolen it’s up to Princess Stardust and her best friend Pippa MacDonald (a real live girl) to find them before the magic is lost forever. Join Stardust and Pippa in an adventure series packed with ponies, magic, friendships and danger.

I dont want to go to bed

I Don’t Want to go to Bed!

Little Tiger does not like going to bed, so when Mummy Tiger roars, ‘All right, you can stay up all night then!’ he can’t believe his luck! He scamps into the jungle, but where can he find a friend to share his night time adventure?

Sophia and Rainbow

Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island.Sophia is thrilled to be at Unicorn Academy and can’t wait to become best friends with Rainbow, her gorgeous unicorn. She just knows they’ll get on brilliantly! And soon, after witnessing a sinister event at the magical lake, they’re away on their first amazing adventure!


Scarlett and Blaze

Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island.Scarlett and Blaze love being at Unicorn Academy. It’s the perfect place to have fun and be a bit naughty, too! But magical Sparkle Lake is starting to ice over and the school might have to close! Scarlett and Blaze can’t bear to be parted, so they decide to find out who’s behind the big freeze and put things right…

Reviews and Recommendations

“Thanks so much for your fab session with our Book Group. Your presentation had the students enthralled and really motivated them to create their own stories. Amber is going out like hot cakes since your visit!” Paula Ward, Library Manager, Robert Mays School

“A very big Thank You from North Baddesley Infant School! The feedback from the teachers was excellent, and everyone really enjoyed the activities. Reception thought you were wonderful with the children and pitched it just right for their age range. We would love you to come back next year.” North Baddesley Infant School

Book reviews
“The book is like a drug – it hooks you and you can’t stop reading! ‘Amber’ is going to be a big hit when it’s out in shops, and I can’t stress enough how awesome this book is.”
“There were so many unexpected twists and turns making it a gripping read, and it turned out to be the complete opposite of what I was anticipating….Amber is one hell of a book with the most twisty-twist I’ve read for a while.”
“Julie is a regular contributor and also helps to run this popular, author-led website.”

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Julie Sykes, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at